Virtual Reality: Changing the Game of Wastewater Management

Veolia Australia and New Zealand is utilising Virtual Reality (VR) technology at the Wellington Moa Point Wastewater Treatment Plant, signifying a new era in how engineers perform routine asset inspections.

The high-quality technology is allowing employees to obtain operational insights in real-time, enhancing safety and efficiency. 

Serving a population of 188,000, the Wellington Moa Wastewater Treatment Plant is the largest of its kind in the region and holds some of the tightest odour consent of any treatment system in the country.

Through sophisticated VR technology, it is allowing Veolia to identify complex issues, when they arise and effectively reducing delay times and increasing productivity.

Roger Dunn, Veolia’s National Operations Manager for New Zealand explains the process, “By lowering a VR camera directly into the treatment plant’s assets, our team can review and assess the condition from the safety of the office. Engineers can use their smartphones inserted into a VR headset to get a fully immersive experience.”

The innovative technology sets a precedence in the grading of assets that have, until now, had challenging access requirements as they cannot be taken off-line and often have high-risk confined space entries.

Roger adds, “VR is giving Veolia new possibilities, allowing us to ‘see’ into places that we’ve traditionally not had access to. From what we understand, there are no other wastewater treatment facilities in the region using VR for this purpose.”

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About Veolia Australia and New Zealand:

Veolia Australia and New Zealand (Veolia) is the region’s only environmental solutions organisation with specific capabilities across water and wastewater treatment, energy management, waste and resource recovery services, and industrial cleaning and facilities maintenance services. Veolia employs over 4000 employees and operates across more than 120 locations within the region.

About Veolia Global:
Veolia group is the global leader in optimised resource management. With over 163 000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them.

In 2016, the Veolia group supplied 100 million people with drinking water and 61 million people with wastewater service, produced 54 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 31 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €24.39 billion in 2016.

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